How safe is using a USB cable?

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  1. Simplicity
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    I've been using the normal AC adapter forever now, and it's incredibly inconvenient. So I am (probably) going to purchase a couple USB cables for the 3DS. My question is, how safe is this? Has anyone ruined their battery/fried their 3DS? Can I charge it at 2 amps safely?


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  2. nccom

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    USB cable is just a cable, its competely safe. Be sure to use good quality chargers with it though, 2A is ok and 3ds will only take 0.9A from it.
     
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  3. SickPuppy

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    I used a usb cable that I got when I bought a flashcart, works fine. Normally I used my PC to charge my 3DS, but I have used a cell phone ac adapter with the 3DS usb wire. Can't confirm no 2 amps though, I guess if the wire supports it then it should work.
     
  4. ravihpa

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    Yeah, 3DS USB cables are perfectly safe. A friend of mine uses it ALL THE TIME with his N3DS XL and a power bank that he has. I on the other hand am as paranoid as you are, and for me using the original 3DS adapter that I have is not inconvenient, so that's what I use ALL THE TIME :)

    Edit: By the way, he has this...

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    :)
     
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    I usually charge my 3DS with a retractable USB cable I keep in my pouch and I've had no problems.
    The USB voltage is a bit higher (official chargers use 4.6V) I am not sure if this is regulated down to the correct voltage by the 3DS though, that might be the case.
     
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  6. Avalynn

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    That should be fine, even the Gamestop Universal ones are basically USB to a switching wall adapter. The incoming power is filtered and passed to the 3DS charging circuit and power regulators, of course there is a maximum voltage rating which these devices can handle, a decent USB charger should be able to handle that just fine. Make sure you have a decent AC to DC USB wall charger and you want to avoid really really cheap unregulated USB chargers at all cost really for any device. You'd want a decent 1A charger at least or 5W total power.

    Aside: I have been using a normal USB cable for my N3DS since I got it and it's fine.
     
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  7. ravihpa

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    Always great to hear from someone who's AWESOME AT 3DS HARDWARE. This actually lifts my fear of using the USB cable with my Samsung 1 Amp charger that I got with my Galaxy S3 :)

    Thanx Avalynn. YOU'RE THE BEST! :yay:
     
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